There are numerous ruins of old monasteries and traditional houses dotted across the country, most of them from earlier than 1970s.
Some of the traditional buildings are in ruin as the inhabitant family generation ceased to exist due to disease, high infant mortally and low life expectancy which was prevalent in country, which started to improve drastically since 1990s with immense expenditure and effort from the government.
However, some of the ruins, like the ones shown in the picture here in Wang Bamu, are in ruin as the owner of these traditional buildings has either abandoned the property or surrendered to the government.
People in Wang valley practices seasonal migration between Thimphu, in summer, and Punakha, in winter, for suitability of climate. Owing to the practice, many inhabitants own land and house in both the valleys. As the tax on properties and livestock was substantively high during early half of 20th century in the country, many farmers opted their wet land for paddy cultivation over their houses. Thus, they were abandoned in ruins.
Today, with no hint of such extensive tax and hardship, this ruins say very less of its past, and make a picturesque scene to the visitors.